To help you choose which indoor bonsai would suit your requirements, we have written a few short indoor bonsai tree descriptions:
Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)
Firstly, the Chinese Elm makes a truly beautiful bonsai. The leaves are small, bright to deep green and are slightly serrated. The tree has excellent twig structure and has great character throughout, making it the perfect representation of a woodland tree. In our opinion the Chinese Elm is the most perfectly proportioned, easy to care for and adaptable tree and makes a superb bonsai. Additionally, it can be grown as an indoor or outdoor bonsai tree. A must for anyone.
Serissa (Serissa foetida)
The Serissa has small elongated leaves which are smooth around the edges. The bark has great character and is a beautiful beige colour. The added bonus being the beautiful star-shaped small white flowers experienced during mid-late summer. Also, the Serissa is commonly known as ‘the tree of a thousand stars’. Please protect from frost. Ideal as an indoor bonsai.
Fig (Ficus retusa)
The fig has dark green glossy leaves and is unusual in that it will tolerate lower light levels. The fig makes a fantastic indoor bonsai and should be protected from the frost. It buds back very quickly after pruning and has an immense amount of character in the truck and aerial root system. Another point to add, its a very powerful bonsai, fun and easy to care for. It is also less susceptible to pest attack. Protect from cold (min 10oC).
Variegated Serissa (Serissa foetida)
The Serissa has small elongated leaves which are smooth around the edges. The bark has great character and is a beautiful beige colour. The added bonus being the beautiful star-shaped small white flowers experienced during mid-late summer. The Serissa is commonly known as ‘the tree of a thousand stars’ and makes a lovely flowering indoor bonsai tree.
We are now stocking a lovely variety of Serissa which has variegated foliage. The flowers are small, white and star shaped and this variety of serissa is hardier than the one with green foliage. The leaves are lovely; they are like a marbled blend of white and green.
We have found that the Serissa is a hungry bonsai and likes to be frequently fed with bonsai fertiliser. During the growing months I would recommend weekly feeds to achieve a lush full canopy of leaves.
Oriental Tea Tree Bonsai , (Carmona microphylla)
The Oriental Tea Tree is a simple and elegant bonsai ideal for growing indoors. This bonsai has pretty white flowers during summer months and lovely green, shiny and waxy foliage. The leaves are unusually shaped and well proportioned. Also, the leaves grow in neat clusters allowing the flowers and branch structure to be highly visible. A highly appealing and artistic bonsai.
Chinese Sweet Plum Bonsai (Sageretia theezans)
The Chinese Sweet Plum is a very pretty indoor bonsai which has great character at an early age due to the flaky bark revealing tones of red/tan. Also, the stunning new foliage has hints of rusty red turning to glossy green. Small white flowers give rise to tiny plum-shaped fruits. I believe the Chinese Sweet Plum to be highly under-rated. It is very pretty, has great character and is easy to care for.
Pepper Tree (Zanthoxylum piperitum)
The Pepper tree has a lovely sweet peppery fragrance and bright green glossy foliage making this a lovely indoor bonsai. Additionally, small clusters of tiny white flowers from January. However, I believe this to be a highly under-rated bonsai; the foliage is gorgeous and lush and aromatic. It is a vibrant bonsai which is easy to care for.
Chinese Blush Tree Bonsai (Loropetalum Chinensis Rubrum)
The Chinese Blush Tree is a member of the Witch-Hazel family and displays stunning purple foliage and bright pink spidery flowers. This is undoubtedly the most striking and colourful indoor bonsai.
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